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Kendal

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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6434)
    Performance
    (4442)
    Story
    (4430)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Great Book"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend, because it was very moving and eye opening to how times were back then. I was captivated and moved by the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen House?

    There are several moments that come to mind and every one of them have to do with a friend or family member standing up for each other and sacrificing their life or punishment for the other.


    Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    Lavinia was my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this book was a movie!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

    Anne says: "Terrific period mystery"
    "Good Not Great"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Duty to the Dead the most enjoyable?

    The time period this story took place was very interesting to me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a good ending, but about 3/4 into the book I could see what was going to happen.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Bess Crawford, I thought she was a very strong woman, especially for the time period she lived.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I found myself taking breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    I was excited to find a new series to read. This book was good, but not good enough to keep me wanting to purchase the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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